We had a successful mercury exchange program several years ago. Much of it involved education to the community regarding the ability of alcohol to serve as an appropriate alternative in almost all cases. We spent 25k in new thermometers, to give you an idea of the program size. An archive of the “Mercury Free WCMC!” program is available at:
Please note that the aforementioned link is to an archived site, so you aren’t looking at the current EHS site. You will find some of the information on the links to documentation. I would also recommend contacting ERTCO (company we used) or another vendor specializing in mercury replacement. They will have lots of info/research in addition to the links to info other CHAS members have already provided.
On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Dan Blunk <blunk**At_Symbol_Here**ucsc.edu> wrote:
I’m looking for comparison data / recommendations I might use to assuage academic researcher anxiety with respect to swapping their mercury thermometers for spirit thermometers.
Reluctance to give up Hg thermometers is often rationalized by claiming spirit thermometers aren’t as accurate or aren’t appropriate for as many applications as a mercury-filled thermometer.
I would appreciate suggestions on where I might find performance-based support for spirit-filled thermometers.
I have information regarding comparisons of potential exposure health risk, spill clean-up expense and environmental contamination.
Thanks for your help in finding performance-based support for using spirit filled thermometers rather than mercury filled thermometers,
Dan Blunk PhD, REA 831.459.3541
Environmental Programs Manager
Environmental Health & Safety Office
University of California Santa Cruz
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